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MUSCATINE, Iowa - Mearl "Tony" W. Kopf, 91, Muscatine, died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011, at Trinity Hospital - Muscatine.

The Rev. Mary Howell of the New Hope United Methodist Church will officiate the service. Casketbearers will be Olivia Zach, John Zach, Simon Andrew, Lindsey Andrew, Aaron Kovan, Nikki Kovan, Benjamin Kopf and Melissa Kopf.

Memorials may be made to the New Hope United Methodist Church or the Muscatine Humane Society.

He was born Nov. 11, 1919, in Muscatine, the son of Fred and Elizabeth Bierman Kopf. He married Lorraine L. Hubble Aug. 13, 1943, in Iowa City. She preceded him in death May 13, 2010.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, having served in the Pacific Theater.

He worked as an operator and in purchasing at Grain Processing Corp., retiring in 1982.

He was a member of New Hope United Methodist Church, Moose Lodge No. No. 388, the American Legion Post No. 27, and the V.F.W. No. 1565.

He enjoyed reading, coffee at the mall with his friends, and his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Those left to honor his memory include his son, Dennis Mearl Kopf and wife, Ann of Cedar Rapids; his daughter, Joyce Ann Andrew and husband, Philip of Iowa City; four grandchildren, Olivia Zach and husband, John, Simon Andrew and wife, Lindsey, Aaron Kovan and wife, Nikki, and Benjamin Kopf and wife, Melissa; and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; nine siblings, Gusty, Ada, Florence, Irene, Rebecca, Jack, Marie, Margaret and Donald.
WEST LIBERTY, Iowa - Stanley Royce Elder, 85, died Thursday Jan. 20, 2011, at his home from complications due to Parkinson's Disease.

In lieu of flowers the family has asked that memorial donations be made to Iowa City Hospice, the National Parkinson's Foundation, Inc. or Coralville United Methodist Church.

He was born Aug. 29, 1925, the son of Frank and Edna Green Elder, on the family farm west of West Liberty.

He attended Hazel Dell country school and graduated from West Liberty High School, then served with the 8th Air Force during WWII. He married Betty M. DeForest Oct. 13, 1946, in West Liberty.

After farming he completed his career with Growmark Inc., retiring in 1987. He took an active roll in his churches, a member of Coralville United Methodist Church.

He found great joy in his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

His hobbies included genealogy, clocks and puzzles, he loved black licorice and pecan pie.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Elder of West Libert; four children, Roberta McKee of Saginaw, Texas, Steve Elder and wife, Betty of West Liberty; Larry Elder and wife, Velia of Edinburg, Va. and Ann Olesen of North Liberty; grandchildren, Lisa, John, David, Adam, Renae, Scott, Kevin, Matthew, Simon, Emily; nine great-grandchildren; a sister, Vivian Bethell of Dallas, Ore.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Howard and Franklin and a sister, Gladys Phelps.
MUSCATINE, Iowa - Everette Lee Howell, 74, Columbus Junction, died Friday, Jan. 21, 2011 at Trinity Hospital,Muscatine.

The Rev. Collette Gould will officiate. Casketbearers will be Larry Widigen, Forest Storm, Jim Thompson, John Bashore, Chuck Plank and Glenn Swanson. Honorary casketbearers will be Roger McAllister, Thomas Murphy, and Everette's grandchildren, Dustin Howell, Derrick Nelsen, Delaney Howell, Dalton Howell, Jordan Howell, and Evan Howell.

Following the committal services there will be a time of food and fellowship at Letts United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the FFA Alumni Scholarship Fund, c/o Katie McWhirter at the Columbus Community Schools or the Letts United Methodist Church, Letts.

He was born Oct. 29, 1936, in Washington, Iowa, the son of Lawrence Elbert Howell and Geneva Shebeck Howell. He graduated from Columbus Community High School in 1954 and from the College of Agriculture, Iowa State College in June 1958. He served six months active duty in the United States Marine Corps and eight years in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. He married Nancy Widigen July 15, 1961, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Davenport.

He was a farmer his entire adult life and continued this interest after retirement from the United States Postal Service as an Iowa Rural Letter Carrier, serving the Letts, Post Office for many years.

His memberships included the former Letts Investment Club, charter member of the Grandview-Letts Lions Club, past chairman of the Louisa County Extension Council, the SE Iowa Angus Association, Iowa Angus Association and served on the Muscatine County Farm Bureau Board and Louisa County Farm Bureau Board. He served as worshipful master and secretary for the former Letts Triangular Lodge No. 245. He was an active member of the Columbus City No. 107 Lodge, and participant in the Washington County Rural Letter Carriers Association and the Iowa Rural Letter Carriers Association, where he served as head of the State Election Committee for many years.

He was a member of the Columbus Junction United Methodist Church and for the past 46 years was a member of the Letts United Methodist Church, the Letts United Methodist Men's Breakfast Club, Open Door Sunday school class and served on the board of trustees and many church committees. He was the first recipient from the Columbus High School of the Iowa FFA degree and a member and avid supporter of the Columbus High School FFA Alumni group. He enjoyed farm auctions and RFD-TV to keep up on the latest news and trends.

He will be dearly missed by his wife, Nancy; son, Dale L. Howell and wife, Dana and their children Dustin, Delaney and Dalton Howell, all of Columbus Junction, son, Glen E. Howell and wife, Sonya and their children Derrick Nelsen and Jordan and Evan Howell, all of West Point Neb.; a sister, Barbara McAllister and husband, Roger of Mount Union, brothers-in-law, Thomas Murphy of Miles, and Larry Widigen and wife, Michiko of Salinas, Calif., and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Beverly Murphy.
MUSCATINE, Iowa - Shirley J. Howell, 78, Muscatine, died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011, at Lutheran Homes.

The Rev. Jason Crossen of the S.s. Mary and Mathias Parish will officiate the service. Casketbearers will be her grandsons, Troy Freyermuth, Matthew Howell, Ryan Howell, Chad Czerwiec, Austin Czerwiec, and Travis Boyle. A funeral luncheon will be held at Gannon Hall following the committal service.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation or the Muscatine Humane Society.

She was born Dec. 3, 1932, in Muscatine, the daughter of Louis and Violet Edington O'Brien. She married Robert L. Howell May 2, 1953, in Davenport. He preceded her in death on Oct. 31, 2000.

She started working at Woolworth's Department Store and later did upholstering for family and friends.

She was a member of the Ss. Mary and Mathias Parish and attended St. Mathias Church and was a member of the Women's Bowling Association.

She enjoyed flowers, gardening, fishing, bowling, going to the river boats, Saturday night card games and especially loved spending time with her grandchildren.

Those left to honor her memory include two sons, Steven R. Howell and wife, Sheila of Muscatine, andDavid W. Howell and wife, Patricia of Muscatine; three daughters, Pamela K. Fullerton of Muscatine, Vicki J. Boyle and husband, Ky of Moline, Ill., and Connie S. Czerwiec and husband, Dean of Muscatine; 15 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Ruby Bosten of Eaton, Ohio, Peggy Deitering of Poway, Calif., and Ruth O'Brien of Wapello.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a son-in-law, Thomas Fullerton; a brother; and a sister.
MUSCATINE, Iowa - Sybil Antram, 82, Muscatine, died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011, at Lutheran Homes while under hospice care.

The Rev. Gerry Kahler will officiate the service.

Casketbearers will be David Compton, Ben Johnson, Steve Anderson, Brett Antram, Marissa Antram and Kaitlyn Anderson. Honorary bearers will be Tom Beckey and Greg Edkin. A funeral luncheon will be held at the High Prairie United Methodist Church following the funeral service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Valley View Manor Assisted Living Program or Hospice Compassus of Davenport.

She was born Oct. 30, 1928, in Stuart, the daughter of George L. and Hazel D. Miller Compton. She married William G. Antram Nov. 27, 1949, at the First Christian Church in Des Moines. He preceded her in death Aug. 1, 2010.

While growing up in Stuart, she helped her father at the stockyards, where he was a cash buyer of hogs.

She graduated from Stuart High School in May 1946 and began working as a Bell Telephone operator in Stuart until she went to work for Dr. L. Miller as a dental hygienist. After her husband was transferred to Muscatine Montgomery Wards she stayed at home to raise her two children. She occasionally helped at Dr. Grau's office answering the phones and other clerical tasks. In later years after her husband retired, they drove vehicles from auctions and other dealerships for M&M Ford.

She enjoyed sitting outside, visiting with family, friends and neighbors while living on Allen Street and being called ‘Grandma Sybil' before actually having any grandchildren of her own. She tried to go to all of the ballgames, school functions and activities that her children and grandchildren took part in since they were the joy of her life.

She'll be remembered by family for her chocolate coffee cake she made for her husband and son's birthdays, cooking rhubarb and making applesauce for the grandchildren. She participated in bingo, crafts and going on outings while living at Valley View Manor Assisted Living.

Those left to honor her memory include a son, Thomas Antram and wife, Deb of Muscatine; a daughter, Georgann Anderson and husband, Steve, Muscatine; three grandchildren, Marissa Antram and Brett Antram, North Liberty, and Kaitlyn Anderson, Muscatine; a brother, Ben Compton and wife, Josette, Bedford, Texas; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; three sisters, Clara Maye Compton, Betty Bonner and husband, Paul, and Dorothy Johnson and husband, William; a brother, Robert Compton and wife, Melba; a brother-in-law, Charles Branson and wife, June; and two nieces.
MUSCATINE, Iowa -Elizabeth "Miki" Fisher, 88, Muscatine, died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011, at Carrington Place.

The Rev. David Ivie will officiate the service. A time of food and fellowship will follow the service in the parish hall.

Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church or to the donor's choice of charity.

She was born Aug. 20, 1922, in Danville, the daughter of the Rev. Harry and Inza Fraley Throckmorton. She married Garland ‘Kip' Fisher March 31, 1946, in Eagle Grove.

She attended Shurtleff College in Alton, Ill., for two years following high school.

She had worked as an operator for Northwestern Bell Telephone Company and worked at Central State Bank.

She was very active with the First Presbyterian Church where she had served as a deacon and also participated in several church circles. She also belonged to P.E.O., Keystone, Craft Club and several bridge clubs.

She enjoyed walking, reading, and playing bridge.

Those left to honor her memory include her husband, Garland ‘Kip' Fisher of Muscatine; a daughter, Jan A. Cook and husband, John, of Cherokee; a son, Scott R. Fisher and wife, Patricia Cone-Fisher of Iowa City; four grandchildren, Matthew Fisher, Michael Fisher, Erin Webster and husband, Nick, and Jason Cook; and a great-granddaughter, Shay Elizabeth Webster.

She was preceded in death by her parents.
LONE TREE, Iowa - Larry Joe Dautremont, 63, Lone Tree, died peacefully Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011, at his home surrounded by his family.

The Sorden-Lewis Home for Funeral and Cremation Services is caring for the arrangements and his family.

He Dautremont was born Jan. 14, 1948, in Washington, the son of Clement and Lorena (Kron) Dautremont. He was a 1966 graduate of Highland High School. He served with the United States Army during Vietnam. He married Marilyn Horrabin Aug. 17, 1991, in Iowa City.

He was the owner a of Lone Tree Auto and Welding from 1975 -88, and then worked for REC from 1989-98 in member service.

He was a member of the Lone Tree American Legion Post 457, serving as chaplain, was a past president of the Lone Tree Chamber of Commerce and volunteered his time as a reading buddy for the Lone Tree Community school.

He enjoyed watching old westerns, camping, playing cards, listening to Elvis, spending time with his grandchildren but most of all, cruising with the love of his life in his restored '67 Camaro convertible.

He will be deeply missed by his wife, Marilyn of Lone Tree; his children, Yancey Dautremont and wife, Stephanie and their children, Kayla and Alexandria of Lone Tree, Carisa Bishop and husband, Doug and their children, Ben and Sam of Iowa City, Megan Dotson and husband, Jeremy and their children Jacob and Jenna of Lone Tree and Corey Smothers and her fiancé, Joey King of Boise, Idaho; a brother, Ron Dautremont and wife, Kathy of Iowa City; and two sisters-in-law, Carole Eldeen of Iowa City and Judi Glasgow and husband, Harry Butaud, of Barry, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Dennis Dautremont.
MUSCATINE, Iowa - Neoma R. Yohe, 90, passed away Jan. 26, 2011, at Lutheran Homes, in Muscatine.

Service for Neoma will be at a later date in Churchville, Va.

The Geo. M. Wittich-Lewis Home for Funeral and Cremation Services is caring for the local arrangements and the family.

She was born Aug. 30, 1920, the daughter of Oscar and Grace (Auman) Barker. She married Howard M. Yohe Dec. 27, 1939, in Huntington, Ind.

She was a member of United Brethren Church and Women's Missionary Association, of which she served in many positions.

She was a school teacher and secretary in Baltimore. After leaving Baltimore she was a homemaker. She enjoyed music and her family.

She will be deeply missed by her son, Ronald Yohe and wife, Janice of Wilton; grandchild, Jeffrey Yohe and wife, Karen of Sycamore, Ill.; great-grandchildren, Tanner and Weston; brother, Clayton Barker and wife, Esther of Sylva, N.C., and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Oscar and Grace Barker and husband, Howard Yohe.
SAND SPRINGS, Okla. - Donna Bell, 60, died Jan. 19, 2011, in Sand Springs.

A memorial will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, at the Keystone State Park Community Building, Mannford Okla.

Burial will be in June at the Grandview Cemetery.

She was born Dec. 4, 1950, in Cedar Falls, Iowa. She married Russell Bell June 10, 1972, in Louisa County, Iowa. They met at the University of Northern Iowa.

Her work life was intense and varied. She worked as a machinist for Rockwell International, then moved to Melbourne, Australia, where she taught English.

She returned to America to work as a buyer for a machine shop while helping her husband farm.

She and her husband moved to Oklahoma where she worked for OU's Petroleum records department and later for the City of Norman. She moved to Sand Springs where she worked in several oil, pipeline and manufacturing companies in clerical and administrative positions. She worked last for Emoteq as a buyer.

Where ever she went she was the person who knew everyone's name and had genuine interest in their life and family. Befriending everyone, she was the go-to person for those she was with.

She and her husband lived a life valuing experiences and not things. They traveled through Australia, Asia, Europe as well as America, wandering until raising children focused them in Oklahoma.

Living in the rural edges of Tulsa, she guided her boys in their activities from soccer to art to Boy Scouts. Education and experiences were paramount as she looked for more things to explore while wandering and camping in this state.

She is survived by her husband, Russell of 38 years; sons, Erik and Matthew Bell; grandson, Jacob Bell; sisters, Elaine of New Jersey, Carolyn of Chicago, Glenda of South Carolina and a brother, Kevin of Chicago.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Donald and Pat Watson.
WASHINGTON, Iowa - Kevin D. Hammons, 52, Washington, died Monday, Jan. 24, 2011, in Iowa City as the result of a construction accident.

He was born Oct. 25, 1958, the son of Kenneth and Carol (Anderson) Hammons in San Clemente, Calif.

He worked for Iowa Bridge and Culvert of Washington. He was a member of the Coon Hunter's Association. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, being in the outdoors, playing cards and computer games and was an avid Hawkeye and Steelers fan.

He will be dearly missed by his children, Mindy Kruse of Winfield, Justin Hammons of Winfield and Kale Hammons of Fredonia; three grandchildren, Ashley Kruse, Kailey Neil and Zohee Hammons; parents, Kenneth and Carol Hammons; brothers and sister, Tony Hammons of Cedar Rapids, Richard Hammons of Fredonia, Scott Hammons of Strasburg, Mo., Steve Hammons of Strasburg, Mo., Daniel Hammons and wife, Chari of Strasburg, Mo. and Kimberly Murphy and husband, John of Strasburg, Mo.; 17 nieces and nephews and 15 great-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents and a sister, Rosanne.

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